We traveled to Ecuador last month, with a week in the Galapagos, 5 days in the Amazon, and several days in Quito. Arrangements for travel were made through this travel agent who is located in Quito. Every phase of the trip was perfect, from his help before on arrangements and planning, choosing an Amazon lodge, day guides in Quito and Santa Cruz Island, recommendations for hotels, and transfers that were always there at the proper time at the hotels, airports and docks. Our travel agent always responded promptly to emailed questions and issues. He met personally with us when we arrived in Quito and went over our itinerary, and was always available by email or phone, although we really didn't have any problems to deal with. We travel a lot and have worked with many other agencies to plan trips. This travel company is now highest on our list and we would highly recommend their services for any travelers in Ecuador and South America.
We enjoyed every aspect of the trip. Quito is an interesting city with highlights of the Old City, the Fundacion Guayasamin, la Calle Ronda, great restaurants, and friendly helpful people. The Galapagos Islands were fantastic, with animals and birds that were easy to see, approach and photograph, great food and service aboard the catamaran yacht, and several wonderful days on Santa Cruz Island with the Galapagos Conservancy's turtle research station, dining at the Puerto Ayora street kiosks at night, and travel to the lava tubes, turtle "farms" and North Seymour Island. On Santa Cruz Island we stayed at a delightful hotel, which was perfectly located on the water, with very nice rooms and a great breakfast buffet. We found the lodge in the Amazon to be outstanding, with great rooms, wonderful food, knowledgable naturalists and guides, and several daily excursions for jungle hikes, lagoon and river canoe trips, viewing from above the canopy in an observation tower, and a visit to a native village.
We would spend a little more time in Quito, allow for another week of travel to other areas in Ecuador, and possible see a little more of the Galapagos beyond our seven days. But, given our limited time of two weeks, we would not do any thing different, and we greatly appreciate our travel agent's guidance from this company for planning the trip so well.
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